Thursday, May 08, 2008
The Computer History Museum opens an exhibit on May 10 of a replica of Charles Babbage's third computer design, Difference Engine No. 2. None of his designs were ever completed during his lifetime. The first working model of this device was completed by London's Science Museum in 2002. The model on display at the exhibit is a copy made by the Science Museum for former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold who has generously loaned it for a year.
The museum's website has a fascinating discussion of the history of this device and the exhibit complete with a video of the machine in action. While it may not be worth a special trip to Silicon Valley, I certainly plan to visit it the next time I am in the neighborhood and thought it would be of interest to readers.
(OK, this has nothing to do with spectrum. But I thought many readers would be interested.)
Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Tel: (650) 810-1010